She Listed by Forbes Vietnam among the 50 most influential Vietnamese women in 2019, she is Founder and Executive Director of CHANGE, a Vietnamese NGO. It’s mission is to address the country’s most critical environmental challenges, including wildlife trade, climate change, air pollution, plastic pollution, through strategic communications, community empowerment, and cross-sector partnership.
Being a Climate Hero, Hong Hoang has been contributing to build the community-led climate movement in Vietnam, to stop coal expansion, mitigate air pollution, reduce individual impacts on the climate, provide support to the affected communities, and promote renewable energy.
Since early 2014, in strategic partnership with WildAid, Hong has been leading her wildlife team at CHANGE in implementing a multi-year program to reduce demands for illegal wildlife products in Vietnam, focusing on the most endangered species (rhino, elephant, pangolin …). In response to COVID-19, CHANGE is running an extensive campaign to encourage the government and community in Vietnam to end wildlife trade and consumption, to prevent the next pandemic.
She was one of the 12 rising civic leaders from 12 nations joining the first cohort of Obama Scholars Program at Columbia University in New York City during 2018-2019. She was also voted among the Top 5 Ambassadors of Inspiration at WeChoice Awards 2019. Also in 2019 she won the Green Warrior of the Year Award at Elle Style Awards 2019. In 2018, CHANGE was voted by the Vietnamese business magazine Nhịp Cầu Đầu Tư as the Most Excellent Environmental Organization in 2017 in Vietnam.
Beyond her work at CHANGE, Hong has been a renowned environmentalist for over 20 years, after being the first Vietnamese person ever to set foot on Antarctica in 1997, in a UN expedition to get the world leaders’ attention to the global warming issue. She became a Special Junior Envoy of the UNESCO, and received a Certificate of Merit from the Vietnamese Prime Minister for her achievements. Hong’s past career includes 3 years as Southeast Asia Co-Coordinator at 350.org, and 7 years as Regional Communications Manager for WWF Greater Mekong. A dear Soul Sister protecting balance and harmony in our shared planet.